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Sonics' excitement tempered by departure talk

Originally Published: October 12, 2007
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

SEATTLE -- Here, Oct. 31 looms with a mixture of hope and dread. The Sonics open the season against the Denver Nuggets, as Kevin Durant makes his NBA debut that night. It's also the deadline imposed by ownership for the Sonics to secure a new arena in Seattle or face relocation.

That doesn't leave a lot of time for commissioning environmental impact reports, drawing architectural renderings or staging bake sales to scrounge up half a billion dollars. Cupcakes might be the only solution ...

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